Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century by Harry BravermanThis widely acclaimed book, first published in 1974, was a classic from its first day in print. Written in a direct, inviting way by Harry Braverman, whose years as an industrial worker gave him rich personal insight into work, Labor and Monopoly Capital overturned the reigning ideologies of academic sociology.
This new edition features an introduction by John Bellamy Foster that sets the work in historical and theoretical context, as well as two rare articles by Braverman, The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century (1975) and Two Comments (1976), that add much to our understanding of the book.
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Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century
Thanks for posting the useful information to my vision. This is excellent information,. Braverman began his work to explore a paradox that was often repeated: 1 that the science-technology revolution required an educated worker base and 2 there was an increasing number of jobs in the science-technology revolution that required low-skilled work, which alienated workers. It's not that Braverman was adverse to the technological transition 5 , but rather, he saw it as troublesome that it was being used as a weapon for domination, which aggravated and deepened class struggles. One can best compare this style of management with the marketing strategy followed by those who, having discovered that hosuewives resent prepared baking mixes
This excellent book by Harry Braverman revolves around the main thesis, that labour in the 20th century has become 'degraded'. The combined effects of mechanization, scientific management and other control techniques allowed management to wrest control from workers and enforce, under ever changing circumstances, alienating practices onto workers across all industries, including office and service jobs. Braverman knows what he is talking about, as he began his working life as an apprentice in the coppersmith trade and remained in various industry jobs before becoming a trade unionist, journalist, an editor and publisher. While he points out that his book is not about the subjective experience of the workers, his familiarity with various working processes adds weight to the argument. Closely based on Marx, especially Kapital Vol I, Braverman explains how the degradation of labour is structural to the progres of the capitalist economy.
Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century is a book about the economics and sociology of work under monopoly.
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For more by Doug Enaa Greene. Every day, workers go into jobs they hate, whether in a factory, office or on a checkout line. Workers are made to perform menial and demeaning tasks that have already been outlined for them, down to the smallest details, by management. Their job is so simple that anyone can do it. Ultimately, the worker possesses no control at the workplace. How that situation came about and what it means for class struggle is the subject of Harry Braverman's classic work, Labor and Monopoly Capital. Braverman's book not only unveils how work is degraded under capital, but remains an important resource for how we understand capitalist society, working-class consciousness, and the class struggle today.